Priests In The Attic: In My Father's House by Elaine A. SmallPriests In The Attic: In My Father's House by Elaine A. Small

Priests In The Attic: In My Father's House

byElaine A. Small

Paperback | August 26, 2010

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Title:Priests In The Attic: In My Father's HouseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:316 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.71 inPublished:August 26, 2010Publisher:AuthorhouseLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from "A rare Canadian talent..." I’ve just finished reading Priests in the Attic. It is the kind of book one cannot put down. A beautiful use of the English language flows from this remarkable tale. You are a most gifted writer that left me in awe of your work. I have a large library of over 1,500 books and I have room for more, so please continue to write! You are a rare Canadian talent and a credit to Canadian literature –R. H. Thompson; Picton, ON
Date published: 2011-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Short listed for The Word Guild 2011 Writing Awards! Truly an inspirational memoir. Small's collection of stories flow and read like a well-honed novel, rather than simply a series of personal events. She has indeed lived a productive and exciting life, faced with many challenges sprinkled with heartache and joy. Readers have reacted differently to portions of her memoir and many have come away with new insight, not only of Elaine Small's life, but a better understanding of events and emotions in their own lives—these triggered in the reading. See Readers' Comments below: *“Truly, I could not put Priests in the Attic, down. It is wonderfully heartwarming, funny, suspenseful, and at times so very very sad. You captivate your readers and propel them from one adventure to another onto the next and the one after that. You have an artful way of moving spontaneously between past and present and back again, never losing one iota of the story’s rhythm—a skill to be sure. You have a magical way with words. Descriptive phrases flow out of you readily, ‘smooth as silk’ or as powerful as the proverbial ‘kick in the gut.’ You are a courageous writer… in your generous use of quotations and references to other writers and poets. You have no fear of being overshadowed by them and indeed you are not. It serves you well, strengthening the case of your story. There is an honesty about your writing, that leaves the reader vulnerable and defenseless.” —Congratulations, W. Ellis, Belleville, ON *“Priests in the Attic is a wonderful book, so beautifully written. There is so much to say about it. I am in awe at the wonderful tribute to Small’s father…and I cried in the chapters about Alan, the husband now deceased—so sad; there seemed to be such a love between them despite all of their problems. And yes. I do really admire the author’s faith. This is an inspirational memoir, to be sure.” —Sally Rapp, Peterborough, ON *"I’ve just read Priests in the Attic, and first of all I must say that I couldn’t put the book down—I always wanted to know what would happen next. I experienced many emotions throughout the book... curiosity, happiness, anger, amazement and many other unrelated feelings. I think I should have kept notes.... Anyway, this is a great memoir by a “gutsy” lady. Read it!" —Lydia MacGregor, Welland, ON *"Elaine, I very much enjoyed reading PRIESTS IN THE ATTIC and what I would say about your book is this—It exudes your extraordinary energy, your optimism, and your marvellous ability to remember your life in detail. It reminds the reader to pay attention, that one life is all we have and for that we should be grateful, and try to make sense of how the various odd pieces go together to make a unique pattern that is ours... and ours alone. You give the reader not only your own story, but a good deal of "cultural history" at the same time. Congratulations!" —Isabel Huggan—Author, "Belonging" *“I love Small’s style. It’s hard to put this book down. I like the mix of telling her story and combining it with reverie.” —Mary Thomas, Book Club Chair, Pelican Sound,Estero, Florida *"I love Small's style of writing...couldn't put the book down.....Lots of her stories brought me back in time, as I lived in Toronto for three years …’65 to ’ Yorkville, Bloor, Eaton's etc. as I worked at U of T. Congratulations! and keep on writing, Elaine!” —Gloria Olynyk, Half Moon Bay, BC *"Memoirs of such singers as Elaine (Steele) Sawchuk are rare. Her book belongs in every music library in Canada....The insights on women in the workplace during the 1960s and 1970s are unique and unusually sincere.” —W. Sydorenko, editor of Cathedral Bells, Toronto, ON
Date published: 2011-06-04